Sweet Tea

Southern Sweet Tea, Sweet Tea, Iced Tea, Tea Bags, Sugar, Lemons

As a southern gal through and through…

I prefer my tea ice-cold and rot-your-teeth sweet!

Southern Sweet Tea

  • Family-size tea bags (Luzianne)
  • Water
  • 1c. sugar
  • Lemon (optional)

Place two tea bags in the bottom of your favorite pitcher.

Pour two cups of boiling water over tea bags and let stand for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.

Carefully remove tea bags and stir in sugar until completely dissolved.

Add six cups of cold water, stir, and refrigerate.

Once chilled, serve over ice cubes with slices of lemon.

*This recipe makes 2 quarts of really sweet tea!


31 responses to Sweet Tea

  1. Evelene Sterling says:

    Oh my goodness I had one from McDonalds and about choked on all that sugar! I don’t know how you southern gals do it!

  2. Charlotte says:

    Have you tried Luzianne’s Green Tea? I have got my husband hooked on it and he will not drink anything else if possible.

  3. Kristin says:

    You southern gals really know how to do up the food and beverages! This looks really good! Stopping by from {whatever goes wednesday}

  4. it’s funny-i didn’t like sweet tea growing up, but after i moved south i have acquired a taste for it! looks refreshing!

  5. DeeDee says:

    WOW! That is sweet, I use 1 cup sugar to a gallon of tea! Like my Mama, you make syrup…not tea! {We tease her} LOL! I love your pictures! :)

  6. I love my Southern gal sweet tea. This recipe looks perfect! I am your newest follower visiting you via Works for Me Wednesday. I look forward to following you!

  7. Ali says:

    What a beautiful picture. Sweet tea in a mason jar glass is the best :) If you’d like, I wanted to invite you over to share your best recipes at my new link party, Recipe Sharing Monday. I’d love for you to join in the fun :)

  8. How delicious looking! I love your picture!

  9. Maggie says:

    Have you tried TEAVANA? they are an addiction of mine…

    I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
    Have a great week,

  10. At this moment I am sipping on ice cold rot-your-teeth sweet peach tea. It is my favorite beverage during the summer. You are right-its a southern thing! :)

  11. Miranda says:

    Mangoes and Chutney’s Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST) ! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

  12. I love sweet tea on a hot afternoon!! I always serve iced tea with dinner. Is that a Texas thing?

  13. Vanessa says:

    Ooh, I really miss iced tea after moving from Texas to Germany. The only place you’ll get it here is: Home. ;)
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

  14. Jennifer says:

    We love us some sweet tea at my house too. :) We drink about a gallon a day. Love your photo.

  15. Ali says:

    I’m so glad to see that you linked up this week. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  16. Sommer says:

    That looks delish! I try not to drink my tea sweet but oh I love it that way! I hope you will come show this off at my VIP Party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

  17. Christa says:

    In Canada we only drink our iced tea sweetened. If you order iced tea when you are out for dinner that’s what you get. Imagine my surpise when I was in Florida two years ago and I asked for an iced tea and it wasn’t sweetened!
    I have never had it homemade though, so I’m looking forward to trying this out. :)

  18. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Hollie,
    We are about to melt out here in this heat, I am so glad that you brought us some sweet tea! It looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  19. hip chick says:

    I love sweet tea and have always wanted a real recipe for it. I had it when my sister lived down in Georgia and I went to visit.
    McDonalds makes it but I prefer to make my own. thanks for sharing the recipe with us yankees.

  20. Tanya Anurag says:

    I am gonna try it for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    I am hosting my first link-up party – Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.


  21. Jamie says:

    Mmmm! I used to drink my tea with lots of sugar but now I am trying to cut back. If you get a chance I would love you to link your sweet tea recipe up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  22. karen says:

    A-men! I also like mine hot but only during the winter

  23. Sounds absolutely wonderful to me, Hollie! Your photo has me longing for a glass of your Sweet Tea, even though it’s nearly midnight here.

    Thank you for being an ever-wonderful part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesdays at Rook No. 17!


  24. I’m putting your tea in the spotlight tomorrow. Thanks for sharing it!

  25. Jamie says:

    This post has me missing my grandmother’s sweet tea! Thanks for sharing and linking up!


  26. Chrissy says:

    YUMMM! Want to try this! Thanks for sharing!
    I’m hosting a link party today. Stop by if you’d like!


  27. Hi Hollie… I’m so glad you stopped by my blog, so I could discover yours! I’ve enjoyed reading your latest posts, and I am so impressed with your creativity! I am a new subscriber, so I can “borrow” some of your great ideas. My son’s birthday is next week, and I may have to give those orange slice crabs a go :)

  28. Funkytime says:

    thanks for stopping by!!!! that sweet tea looks delicious!

  29. Robyn says:

    I make mine just like this, only I use just 3/4 cup of sugar. It’s perfectly sweet and somehow make me feel just a little less guilty than using a whole cup.

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